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15. Redegattungen/Textsorten der politischen Rhetorik und ihre Charakteristika. Ein Überblick

From the book Handbuch Politische Rhetorik

  • Josef Klein


The types of speech and text types of political rhetoric are referred to in this chapter as “genera”. They cannot be systematised as strictly hierarchical taxonomies. Thus, a speech often belongs to several genera: it can be inaugural speech, government statement, popular speech and war speech at the same time. The genres are spread over different frames of interaction: the society as a whole, parliament, the parties, the media and the so-called “pre-political space”. As framework categories, which give their rhetorical character to the genera, the following are sifted out: - communicative roles (issuers, addressees) and their constellations - topic - persuasiveness - emotions - speech acts, among which dominate: argumentation: topics of action, person-topics, contra-argumentation - speech-stylistic characteristics: conversational tone, lexicon, syntax, rhetorical schemes It is shown how the specifics of the genera are founded in the framework categories and their different forms.

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